China: June 4th:Silence, Memorial and Blogger’s Saying – Frank Dai

From Global Voices Online:

Under the party propaganda policies, no commemoration of the movement was allowed in public places and the newspapers and TV networks passed the day wthout any even implied mention of it. Like the popular columnist and blogger Lianyue(ËøûÂ≤≥) once has wrote when Google has entered Chinese market:”We(Google) guarantee: The day after Jun3th must be Jun5th”, the state-controlled media have just pretended that the event never happened 17 years ago, identical with the official history book’s negligible claim of the movement as “a political incident in the spring and summer of 1989‚Ä≥.

Silence did not only existed in the media outlets but also on Internet. The major websites are mute as much as their mainstream media counterparts. While many foreign media will run their stories of civil right groups, dissidents sayings and request of groups like Tiananmen Mother, who demand compensation and recognition of people who sacrifice their lives in the event, a basic embarrassing fact is that the government will tighten the control of information online and offline, with blocking access to witnesses and elevation of Internet blocking alike.[full text]

See also “Revisiting Tiananmen with mixed headlines” by AsiaMedia


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